2011 Saab 9-5 Aero XWD Sedan

2010/2011 Saab 9-5 First Drive

2011 Saab 9-5 Aero XWD sedan

Base price (with destination): $48,390
Price as tested: $52,530

Standard Equipment:
2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 engine
6-speed automatic transmission
XWD cross wheel drive system
Electronic limited slip differential
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
18-inch wheels
Tire-pressure monitoring system
Push-button start
Leather-wrapped sport steering wheel
Steering wheel-mounted shift controls
Power front leather sport bucket seats
Heated front seats
Power windows/mirrors/locks
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Split folding rear seats
Rear seat pass through to trunk
AM/FM stereo with CD player
USB port
XM satellite radio
9-speaker audio system
Bluetooth connectivity
Cruise control
Xenon cornering headlamps
Headlamp washers
Rain sensing wipers
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
Tilt/telescoping steering column
Dual-zone climate control

Options on this vehicle:
Navigation system with 8-inch color screen -- $2395
Harman-kardon surround sound audio -- $995
19-inch alloy wheels -- $750

Key options not on vehicle:
Head-up display
Advanced parking assist
DriveSense system

Fuel economy: 16/27/20 mpg (city/hwy/combined)

Size: 2.8L turbocharged DOHC V-6
Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Drive: 4-wheel
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 4354 lb

Wheels/tires: 19-inch alloy wheels; 245/40R19 Pirelli Sottozero winter tires

Competitors: Volvo S60, Acura TL, Audi A6, BMW 5-series

5 of 5
"but does that make any sense without a physical key?"When you start your car, there are several activities that frequently takes place:1) Check parking brake2) Fiddle with the transmission3) Fiddle with the ignitionGuess what... Having these grouped together in one spot makes perfect sense."All-wheel drive and a set of winter tires made the 9-5 a delight to drive on the snowy country roads near my in-laws' house. "I bet the FWD version would be just as competent on snow and ice.With a 9-5 (or any Saab) I am able to pass a great many cars when the winter turns a bit "ugly". When they have only plowed one lane of the highway, it doesn't matter that I am in the lane with 3-5 inches of snow and the other cars are in the lane where all the snow has been removed; I am still passing them, often going faster than 65 mph.The limit is not the car, but rather how much I am willing to break the legal speed limit.German cars rarely look good in the snow or on ice. The word "Bambi" springs to mind.

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